"I was one of the more than 112,000 Korean children who were adopted..." an Essay from Ty Nowicki
This contribution was written by Ty Nowicki, Director Ad / Creative Operations, Crown Publishing Group. He’s worked on exciting projects such as Matthew McConaughey’s GREENLIGHTS, Michelle Obama’s BECOMING, and Prince Harry’s SPARE.
I was one of the more than 112,000 Korean children who were adopted in the 1970s and 1980s. I came to America in 1981 when I was eight months old. I had the most loving family I could ever imagine having, but still, I always wondered if my birth parents were alive, or if I had any siblings somewhere in the world. I came to terms that I most likely would not find any blood relatives in my lifetime and was totally okay with it.
Fast forward to the summer of 2022. I received a call from a Korean Adoptee connection agency, who, I apparently sent a DNA swab to back in 2016 and forgot. I had matched with a woman who had been adopted and raised in Sweden. It turned out that we have the same birth mother, and now I have Korean Swedish sister named Karin!
I took a trip to Denmark and Sweden this past summer to meet Karin, her husband, and daughters.
They even had a Smorgasbord for me at their home where I met Karin’s mother and extended family!
Unfortunately, my parents are no longer here, but I know they would have been amazed.